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Russell Branyan 1B

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
20 3398 .232 .329 .485 104 10.3
Birth Date12-19-1975
Height6' 4"
Weight235 lbs
Age43 years, 10 months, 3 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1998 CLE 22 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 59 -0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0
1999 CLE 23 11 42 8 2 0 1 3 19 1 0 0 .211 .286 .342 54 -2.4 0.3 1.0 0.0
2000 CLE 24 67 220 46 7 2 16 22 76 4 0 0 .238 .327 .544 109 4.0 -0.8 2.2 0.9
2001 CLE 25 113 361 73 16 2 20 38 132 3 1 1 .232 .316 .486 89 -3.6 0.1 0.0 0.7
2002 CIN 26 84 255 53 9 1 16 34 86 2 3 1 .244 .349 .516 93 -1.2 -2.8 1.6 0.3
2002 CLE 26 50 180 33 4 0 8 17 65 0 1 2 .205 .278 .379 95 -0.4 -1.2 0.2 0.3
2003 CIN 27 74 205 38 12 0 9 27 69 1 0 0 .216 .322 .438 97 -0.1 -0.6 4.9 0.9
2004 MIL 28 51 182 37 11 1 11 20 68 2 1 0 .234 .324 .525 95 -0.9 -0.8 3.4 0.8
2005 MIL 29 85 242 52 11 0 12 39 80 0 1 0 .257 .378 .490 112 3.8 -0.6 -4.0 0.7
2006 SDN 30 27 89 21 1 0 6 15 27 1 0 0 .292 .416 .556 101 0.5 -0.8 -0.7 0.2
2006 TBA 30 64 193 34 10 0 12 19 62 2 2 0 .201 .286 .473 111 3.7 1.0 0.6 0.9
2007 PHI 31 7 9 2 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 .222 .222 .889 95 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0
2007 SDN 31 61 146 24 5 1 7 21 48 2 1 0 .197 .322 .426 100 0.5 -0.4 -0.6 0.4
2007 SLN 31 21 39 6 0 0 1 7 15 0 0 0 .188 .333 .281 100 0.1 -0.5 1.7 0.2
2008 MIL 32 50 152 33 8 0 12 19 42 0 1 0 .250 .342 .583 131 6.1 0.7 1.8 1.3
2009 SEA 33 116 505 108 21 1 31 58 149 9 2 0 .251 .347 .520 118 12.4 -2.5 1.1 1.6
2010 CLE 34 52 190 45 9 0 10 16 49 1 0 0 .263 .328 .491 115 3.5 -1.0 2.0 0.7
2010 SEA 34 57 238 44 10 0 15 30 82 2 1 0 .215 .319 .483 117 5.1 -1.4 0.0 0.6
2011 ANA 35 37 77 12 2 0 4 11 21 0 2 0 .185 .299 .400 88 -0.9 -0.8 0.4 0.0
2011 ARI 35 31 69 13 5 0 1 7 20 0 0 0 .210 .290 .339 83 -1.2 -0.3 -0.3 -0.1
Career105933986821438194403111830164.232.329.48510428.7-12.415.410.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1994 BNC Rk APL 55 201 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CGA A SAL 76 310 .000 .000 .000 .377 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CGA A SAL 130 552 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 KIN A+ CRL 0 354 .000 .000 .000 .335 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 AKR AA EAS 0 167 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CLE MLB AL 1 4 .297 .327 .463 .000 102 -0.2 0.1 0 59 14 0.0 0.1 -0.2 0.0
1998 AKR AA EAS 0 198 .000 .000 .000 .360 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CLE MLB AL 11 42 .272 .341 .423 .389 102 -2.2 1.2 -0.1 54 16 1.0 0.3 -2.4 0.0
1999 BUF AAA INT 0 451 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CLE MLB AL 67 220 .274 .346 .445 .294 93 5.3 6.9 -2.9 109 11 2.2 -0.8 4.0 0.9
2000 BUF AAA INT 0 259 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CLE MLB AL 113 361 .268 .337 .426 .315 102 4 10.8 -0.1 89 10 0.0 0.1 -3.6 0.7
2002 CIN MLB NL 84 255 .258 .328 .411 .316 105 8.2 7.3 -2.1 93 9 1.6 -2.8 -1.2 0.3
2002 CLE MLB AL 50 180 .272 .334 .436 .278 99 -5.8 5.2 -1 95 9 0.2 -1.2 -0.4 0.3
2003 CIN MLB NL 74 205 .260 .329 .417 .293 102 -0.5 5.4 -1 97 11 4.9 -0.6 -0.1 0.9
2003 LOU AAA INT 14 59 .000 .000 .000 .455 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIL MLB NL 51 182 .254 .323 .410 .321 92 7.4 5.4 0.6 95 18 3.4 -0.8 -0.9 0.8
2004 BUF AAA INT 82 366 .000 .000 .000 .349 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 RIC AAA INT 11 42 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MIL MLB NL 85 242 .265 .331 .423 .364 99 8.8 7.0 0.5 112 13 -4.0 -0.6 3.8 0.7
2005 NAS AAA PCL 6 20 .276 .333 .434 .500 90 2.1 0.4 -0.1 85 0 -0.4 -0.1 -0.3 0.0
2006 SDN MLB NL 27 89 .263 .325 .416 .375 90 10.2 2.7 0.4 101 12 -0.7 -0.8 0.5 0.2
2006 TBA MLB AL 64 193 .270 .336 .438 .227 106 -2.3 5.8 -1.9 111 13 0.6 1.0 3.7 0.9
2007 PHI MLB NL 7 9 .254 .322 .397 .000 102 1.1 0.3 0 95 12 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SDN MLB NL 61 146 .267 .334 .428 .250 88 2.9 4.3 -0.2 100 12 -0.6 -0.4 0.5 0.4
2007 SLN MLB NL 21 39 .267 .333 .418 .313 103 -2 1.2 0 100 13 1.7 -0.5 0.1 0.2
2007 BUF AAA INT 1 4 .292 .380 .402 .000 108 -1.2 0.1 -0.1 17 0 0.0 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2008 MIL MLB NL 50 152 .260 .326 .422 .266 100 8.1 4.4 0.4 131 21 1.8 0.7 6.1 1.3
2008 NAS AAA PCL 45 179 .276 .349 .436 .467 106 18.4 5.5 -0.4 191 0 4.6 0.9 17.1 2.7
2009 SEA MLB AL 116 505 .265 .330 .421 .300 99 19.7 14.5 -9.3 118 8 1.1 -2.5 12.4 1.6
2010 CLE MLB AL 52 190 .258 .322 .410 .310 105 5.2 5.2 -3.2 115 7 2.0 -1.0 3.5 0.7
2010 SEA MLB AL 57 238 .259 .321 .406 .266 100 4.6 6.6 -4.2 117 7 0.0 -1.4 5.1 0.6
2010 AKR AA EAS 2 8 .269 .323 .399 .333 105 -0.7 0.2 -0.1 58 0 -0.2 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2010 COH AAA INT 4 15 .274 .359 .411 .333 120 -0.8 0.5 -0.3 86 0 0.0 -0.7 -0.2 -0.1
2011 ANA MLB AL 37 77 .248 .308 .387 .195 98 -0.2 2.1 -1.1 88 15 0.4 -0.8 -0.9 0.0
2011 ARI MLB NL 31 69 .252 .321 .392 .293 99 -2 1.9 -0.9 83 15 -0.3 -0.3 -1.2 -0.1
2012 TAM A+ FSL 3 16 .241 .309 .349 .375 109 1.7 0.5 -0.3 155 0 0.1 1.0 0.8 0.2
2012 SWB AAA INT 33 137 .268 .339 .409 .333 100 13.9 4.1 -2.6 194 0 2.6 -1.5 13.7 1.6
2014 COH AAA INT 4 15 .280 .335 .395 .444 109 0.9 0.4 -0.3 122 0 -0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1994 BNC Rk APL 201 171 21 36 10 0 5 61 13 25 64 4 2 .211 .325 .357 .146 0 0
1995 CGA A SAL 310 277 46 71 8 6 19 148 55 27 120 1 1 .256 .329 .534 .278 0 0
1996 CGA A SAL 552 482 102 129 20 4 40 277 106 62 166 7 4 .268 .357 .575 .307 0 0
1997 KIN A+ CRL 354 297 59 86 26 2 27 197 75 52 94 3 1 .290 .404 .663 .374 0 0
1997 AKR AA EAS 167 137 26 32 4 0 12 72 30 28 56 0 0 .234 .371 .526 .292 0 0
1998 CLE MLB AL 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
1998 AKR AA EAS 198 163 35 48 11 3 16 113 46 35 58 1 1 .294 .419 .693 .399 0 0
1999 BUF AAA INT 451 395 51 82 11 1 30 185 67 52 187 8 3 .208 .306 .468 .261 0 0
1999 CLE MLB AL 42 38 4 8 2 0 1 13 6 3 19 0 0 .211 .286 .342 .132 0 0
2000 CLE MLB AL 220 193 32 46 7 2 16 105 38 22 76 0 0 .238 .327 .544 .306 1 0
2000 BUF AAA INT 259 229 46 56 9 2 21 132 60 28 93 1 1 .245 .332 .576 .332 0 0
2001 CLE MLB AL 361 315 48 73 16 2 20 153 54 38 132 1 1 .232 .316 .486 .254 5 0
2002 CLE MLB AL 180 161 16 33 4 0 8 61 17 17 65 1 2 .205 .278 .379 .174 2 0
2002 CIN MLB NL 255 217 34 53 9 1 16 112 39 34 86 3 1 .244 .349 .516 .272 2 0
2003 LOU AAA INT 59 49 5 16 5 0 1 24 3 9 15 0 0 .327 .441 .490 .163 0 0
2003 CIN MLB NL 205 176 22 38 12 0 9 77 26 27 69 0 0 .216 .322 .438 .222 1 0
2004 BUF AAA INT 366 313 58 90 16 2 25 185 75 42 102 5 2 .288 .381 .591 .304 0 0
2004 RIC AAA INT 42 28 5 5 0 0 1 8 4 13 11 1 0 .179 .452 .286 .107 0 0
2004 MIL MLB NL 182 158 21 37 11 1 11 83 27 20 68 1 0 .234 .324 .525 .291 2 0
2005 MIL MLB NL 242 202 23 52 11 0 12 99 31 39 80 1 0 .257 .378 .490 .233 0 1
2005 NAS AAA PCL 20 17 4 5 4 0 1 12 3 3 8 0 0 .294 .400 .706 .412 0 0
2006 TBA MLB AL 193 169 23 34 10 0 12 80 27 19 62 2 0 .201 .286 .473 .272 2 1
2006 SDN MLB NL 89 72 14 21 1 0 6 40 9 15 27 0 0 .292 .416 .556 .264 1 0
2007 BUF AAA INT 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2007 PHI MLB NL 9 9 2 2 0 0 2 8 5 0 6 0 0 .222 .222 .889 .667 0 0
2007 SDN MLB NL 146 122 16 24 5 1 7 52 19 21 48 1 0 .197 .322 .426 .230 1 0
2007 SLN MLB NL 39 32 4 6 0 0 1 9 2 7 15 0 0 .188 .333 .281 .094 0 0
2008 MIL MLB NL 152 132 24 33 8 0 12 77 20 19 42 1 0 .250 .342 .583 .333 1 0
2008 NAS AAA PCL 179 153 24 55 15 0 12 106 36 25 49 4 1 .359 .453 .693 .333 0 0
2009 SEA MLB AL 505 431 64 108 21 1 31 224 76 58 149 2 0 .251 .347 .520 .269 6 1
2010 AKR AA EAS 8 8 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 0 0
2010 COH AAA INT 15 14 1 4 2 0 0 6 1 1 2 0 0 .286 .333 .429 .143 0 0
2010 SEA MLB AL 238 205 23 44 10 0 15 99 33 30 82 1 0 .215 .319 .483 .268 1 0
2010 CLE MLB AL 190 171 24 45 9 0 10 84 24 16 49 0 0 .263 .328 .491 .228 1 1
2011 ANA MLB AL 77 65 7 12 2 0 4 26 12 11 21 2 0 .185 .299 .400 .215 1 0
2011 ARI MLB NL 69 62 4 13 5 0 1 21 2 7 20 0 0 .210 .290 .339 .129 0 0
2012 SWB AAA INT 137 110 19 34 5 0 11 72 39 26 31 0 0 .309 .438 .655 .345 1 0
2012 TAM A+ FSL 16 12 3 4 1 0 1 8 1 4 3 0 0 .333 .500 .667 .333 0 0
2014 COH AAA INT 15 12 1 4 1 0 0 5 3 3 3 0 0 .333 .467 .417 .083 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 529 0.4575 0.5293 0.6679 0.7727 0.3240 0.7861 0.4301 0.3321 -0.0001
2009 2017 0.4710 0.4829 0.6417 0.7295 0.2634 0.7258 0.4342 0.3583 -0.0004
2010 1714 0.4860 0.4837 0.6502 0.7095 0.2701 0.7445 0.4160 0.3498 -0.0028
2011 595 0.4773 0.5076 0.6159 0.7641 0.2733 0.7327 0.3176 0.3841 0.0001
Career48550.47560.49130.64440.73140.27360.73980.41300.3556-0.0012

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-09-16 2010-10-04 DTD 18 16 Low Back Soreness -
2010-07-20 2010-07-27 DTD 7 7 Low Back Stiffness -
2010-07-15 2010-07-19 DTD 4 4 Laceration Falling Table -
2010-07-06 2010-07-06 DTD 0 0 Soreness -
2010-03-26 2010-04-20 15-DL 25 12 Low Back Recovery From Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc -
2010-03-01 2010-03-26 Camp 25 0 Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc -
2009-08-29 2009-09-30 15-DL 32 28 Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc -
2009-07-27 2009-07-31 DTD 4 4 Low Back Soreness -
2009-07-16 2009-07-16 DTD 0 0 Low Back Tightness -
2009-06-21 2009-06-23 DTD 2 1 Right Arm Soreness -
2009-04-18 2009-04-24 DTD 6 5 Low Back Spasms -
2009-03-23 2009-03-24 Camp 1 0 Right Lower Leg Contusion Shin -
2009-02-20 2009-02-25 Camp 5 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2008-08-11 2008-09-26 15-DL 46 41 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2007-02-25 2007-02-25 Camp 0 0 Knee Contusion HBP -
2006-09-24 2006-09-24 DTD 0 0 Right Hand Contusion -
2006-03-21 2006-03-28 Camp 7 0 Low Back Spasms -
2005-08-20 2005-08-28 DTD 8 7 Low Back Stiffness -
2005-06-02 2005-07-04 15-DL 32 29 Left Fingers Fracture Middle Finger -
2005-05-21 2005-05-27 DTD 6 5 Right Shoulder Weakness -
2005-04-18 2005-04-23 DTD 5 5 Right Shoulder Inflammation Injection -
2005-04-14 2005-04-16 DTD 2 1 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2005-03-29 2005-03-30 Camp 1 0 General Medical Illness Strep Throat -
2004-08-11 2004-08-12 DTD 1 1 Right Wrist Soreness Calcification Around Tendon -
2004-08-05 2004-08-10 DTD 5 4 Right Wrist Inflammation Calcification Around Tendon -
2003-08-13 2003-08-28 15-DL 15 14 Right Ankle Sprain High Ankle -
2003-08-07 2003-08-07 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Soreness -
2003-03-18 2003-05-30 60-DL 73 53 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum 2002-12-03
2002-12-03 2002-12-03 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2002-12-03
1999-05-16 1999-08-05 Minors 81 0 Right Wrist Sprain -
1999-04-23 1999-05-11 Minors 18 0 Right Wrist Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 ARI $1,000,000
2010 CLE $1,500,000
2009 SEA $1,400,000
2007 SDN $1,250,000
2006 TBA $800,000
2005 MIL $800,000
2003 CIN $395,000
2002 CLE $251,000
2001 CLE $219,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$7,615,000
10 yrTotal$7,615,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 147 dACES1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 8/29/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 2013
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 2/9/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 2/16/11 (minor-league contract, $1M in majors). Contract selected by Arizona 3/25/11. Released by Arizona 5/21/11. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 5/26/11.
  • 1 year/$2M (2010), plus 2011 option. Signed as a free agent by Cleveland 2/19/10. 10:$1.5M, 11:$5M mutual option ($0.5M buyout). $1M in performance bonuses for 2010. Acquired by Seattle in trade from Cleveland 6/27/10 (Indians likely to pay 2011 buyout if option is not exercised). Seattle declined 2011 option 11/3/10.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2009). Signed as a free agent by Seattle 12/3/08. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 200, 250, 300, 350, 400 PAs. $0.1M for 450 PAs.
  • 1 year (2008). Signed as a free agent 2/20/08 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 5/24/08.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2006), plus $1.25M 2007 club option. Re-signed 12/05, avoided arbitration (non-guaranteed deal). $0.4M in performance bonuses (games, PAs). Released 1/06 after being DFA. Re-signed (minor-league contract), contract purchased 4/06. SD exercised $1.25M 2007 option 10/06. Released by San Diego 7/28/07. Signed as a free agent 8/7/07 (minor-league contract). Acquired in trade from Philadelphia 8/31/07 after being DFA 8/27/07. Acquired in trade from Cleveland 8/9/07.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2005). Re-signed 12/04 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2004). Signed as a free agent 2/04 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.395M (2003)
  • 1 year/$0.251M (2002)

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-04-05 23:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty rebuild (25 man x 20 team) where prospects must be carried on roster. Which of the following acquired assets have highest upside/best chance to be "pillars" for the next championship?? ' Bats: Gallo, Josh Bell, Vlad Jr., Nick Williams, Brad Zimmer, Willy Adames, Mateo, Robles, Ames Rosario, Corey Ray Arms: Bundy, Reyes (post injury), Matt Manning, Sandy Alcantara, Walker Buehler
(Loria's Cousin Fazzie from Milwaukee,, Wi)
In terms of cornerstone ceiling, I'd put Gallo, Vlad Jr., Robles, and Reyes in that category of guys I could see topping out as top-50 players. Maybe Ray too? There's varying degrees of risk baked in there - for instance, Gallo's more likely Russell Branyan than he is Babe Ruth. Vlad Jr.'s like 11 and carries the associated developmental risk, etc. It's a solid collection of talent for a rebuild with a window 3-4 years out. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-10-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Miguel Sano, what is his ceiling. I receive a lot off offers for him but have no clue as to what his true value will be.
(OB1 from Tampa)
I love Miguel Sano. He hit one of the longest home runs I have ever seen live, and it was off a major league arm (Erik Goeddel). As hard as he hits, well everything he actually hits, it's still tough to maintain a 35% K-rate and be a regular, especially if he's going to be a DH going forward. I haven't seen a ton of him post-TJ, but I thought he could handle third in the minors, and he is a better athlete than he looks. The approach and the recognition is the approach and recognition though. How do you feel about a healthier Russell Branyan? (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)The Rangers could use an arm, and the Mariners seem to like one-dimensional hitters. Who says no to a Gallo for Walker trade? Reminiscent of the Montero-Pineda deal?
(Kris from Dallas)
The Mariners. Walker already has the serious upside he has shown in the majors and Gallo still has to prove he's not going to be Russell Branyan 2.0 (that's harsh, but my point is we need to see more). (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a big fan of Hosmer (especially) post-season Hosmer - can we expect an uptick in production in 2015?
(Al from KC)
We've seen enough of Hosmer to know two things: He's very capable of ripping off long stretches where he's very good. Not just three weeks in October, but three months: He hit .321/.379/.509 from July on last year, not counting the postseason, and has had similarly long and strong stretches in the previous seasons. But we also know that we can't *expect* anything from him. He's got 2,400 plate appearances. I know he's young, but not that young and that's a huge number of plate appearances. Russell Branyan only had 3,400 in his whole career. So I'd say he's got at least two All-Star level seasons in him, but it's not like I'd take him in the same round as Anthony Rizzo or anything, because I have no idea which two years those seasons will come in. (Sam Miller)
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)Who would you take in a Swingoff between Russell Branyan and Willy Mo Pena
(Mike from Chicago)
There are very few situations in which you don't want Wily Mo Pena on your side. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see Gallos hit tool playing out? Is he more than just Russell Branyan?
(Thomas from New York)
I see Gallo being far more than Russell Branyan. The hit tool should be at least a 5 and that is saying something. Gallo will be special. (Ryan Parker)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you see James Loney landing?
(yancyeaton from Fort Myers, FL)
Who needs a first baseman would be the question. Tampa Bay is the only team that has been linked to him, but maybe Loney leaves if he can squeeze a two-year deal out of someone. It's a fairly thin market, though, as a lot of teams already have a first baseman tied up to a deal. The White Sox could be players if they don't resign Paul Konerko, and the same could be said for Boston if Mike Napoli walks. Loney is probably a one-year stopgap at best, and it's entirely possible he goes the route of Russell Branyan and doesn't find a taker this winter despite the incredibly strong campaign in 2013. (Mike Gianella)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)You have to chose to either save Russell Branyan or Mike Napoli from an old timey movie villain. And you have 30 seconds to decide. Go!
(J. Shepard from California)
I really need to see this visually to decide. Go! (Sam Miller)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Chris Davis break out for the team Texas trades him to? Or is he doomed to be a AAAA player?
(jhardman from NC)
If he can just become a bit more selective, he could have Russell Branyan's career. He seems to be just straddling the line between a Branyan, who is redeemable, and a J.R. Phillips, Billy Ashley type, who has great power but just can't make consistent enough contact. I think Davis is redeemable, but that's just instinct. (Steven Goldman)
2010-11-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the better values of the non- Konerko or Dunn corners of the FA 1B mkt?
(Matt from Chicago)
There's a fair amount of depth there, which is why I've been comfortable recommending second-tier options in both of my GM for a Day articles to date. A bounce-back season from Carlos Pena would be worth buying in for, and plenty of teams could do worse than Russell Branyan. Some lucky buyer might yet get a healthy, resurgent season from Nick Johnson, but at this point, I'd no longer want to bet on it being mine. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Suppose you are the GM for a not-so-good club. Not one of the bottom feeders, but the next tier up (Cubs, KC, Oakland, Florida). Next year's draft is loaded at the top. Do you throw in the towel (start playing the kids,resting the vets, innings limits on young pitchers, longer stays on the DL for the injured) to try and nab a top 5 pick, or do you keep the pedal to the floor?
(Jim from Iowa)
There's some debate right now as to whether current performance and placement in the standings affects attendance and fan interest enough to make that more problematic than useful. Jack Z seems to think it's problematic, which is one reason they traded for Russell Branyan. I'm curious to see how this discussion plays out amongst the analysis community, honestly. (Marc Normandin)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Reportedly the Rangers are now willing to include Smoak. That's the trump card, right?
(Padre Fan Wishing Our Farm was Deeper from SD)
I would think so. Montero's a future DH, and Smoak is fine at first base. Chris Davis is basically a future Russell Branyan though, so I'm not sure what they think they are doing here, unless Cliff Lee is more than a rental. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: the Mariners... I just don't see it. I like all the moved they made but it seems like they're still short a bat or two if they want to be a contender. Will all this excitement from the off season be for naught?
(Kyle from Arizona)
When half your lineup features players who are arguably the best defenders in the league at their position according to various metrics, you don't need to worry quite as much about the bats, but having said that, I'd be much more comfortable if they had brought back Russell Branyan instead of getting Casey Kotchman for first base. A lot depends on how well Milton Bradley rebounds - we know the dude can hit if he's healthy. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any free agents left unsigned who could be useful to contending teams?
(garethbluejays1 from Newcastle, UK)
I realize it's a well-kept secret that Johnny Damon is still looking for work. Beyond him, Russell Branyan, Rocco Baldelli, Joe Beimel, Carlos Delgado, Jermaine Dye, Pedro Martinez, Chan Ho Park, John Smoltz, Gary Sheffield and Jarrod Washburn all strike me as players who could help somebody win. Not necessarily by getting 500 PA worth of playing time, mind you, and maybe not getting enough playing time to satisfy their own estimations of their talent. Park can pitch out of my bullpen, but if he wants to start, fuggedaboutit. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming the Giants could even absorb the extra payroll, would Posey & Bumgarner be too much to give up for Cabrera?
(Rob from Oakland)
Yes, especially given the cost, the surrendering of a top-tier catching prospect, and Cabrera's track record of, well, staying out of shape. It would seem to be more in their wheelhouse to revisit those Cain-Fielder discussions and see what comes from that. Given Posey's potential, the question becomes, would you rather have Bengie Molina and Miguel Cabrera or Buster Posey and either Nick Johnson or Russell Branyan? I'd spring for the latter. (Eric Seidman)
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much could the Twins have used someone like Russell Branyan down the stretch (injury complications aside)? Why the heck did the M's not trade a 33 year old at the height of his career value?
(WilliamWilde from Boston)
Twins win, and the best thing about it is, we get to see the next chapter this very same day...

I'll see your Branyan and raise you an Adam Kennedy, both because the Twins could have used him and because of the inexplicable non-trading of a journeyman having a good year. (Steven Goldman)
2009-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat) How long can Russell Branyan put up numbers like this? Seattle basically got a thirty homer guy for nothing, and granted, he's got some major flaws, but he's been one of the club's best hitters and he's real fun to watch.
(Brendan Gawlowski from Bainbridge)
As I understand it, Branyan did a lot of offseason work to improve his vision and his ability to track the ball, which suggests to me that his performance is at least somewhat sustainable. I don't see why he couldn't put up another couple of years similar to this - we've always known he had monster power, and it's nice to see him catch a break. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)John, Have you heard anything on Russell Branyan being dealt? Small sample, but seems like Mike Carp could be ready. If they hold on to Branyan, do you think the M's will give Carp the job next year and DH Russell?
(Richard from Tacoma)
I don't think the Mariners will deal Branyan at this point because they feel they still have a chance to win the division. If they fall off the pace, I could see them trading him later this month or in August. However, it would not surprise me to see your scenario play out where Carp plays first and Branyan DHs next season with Griffey and Sweeney both moving on to retirement. (John Perrotto)
2009-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Chris Davis end up like a Russell Branyan type? Why not call up Smoak and improve their team right now?
(Gavin from County Ct.)
Sample size.
Wasn't it about two months ago that Davis flew past my bidding limit at Tout? Wasn't it this time last year when people were calling for Davis to be up? (Will Carroll)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I the only one glad to see Dan Johnson getting some action?
(mattidell from SF, CA)
Not at all. Baseball needs more redheads, although technically I guess he's more reddish-blonde. Seriously, though, his bat can play in the right place in the right role, and like guys like Hinske or even Russell Branyan, it's about finding the right spot. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)So at what point do the nay-sayers admit that Jack Cust is "for real" and that he should have gotten a shot years ago?
(Alex from SF, CA)
Good question, Alex, in part because there's still a body of opinion that says he's a one-year wonder (our own Kevin Goldstein, for one), and another that feels he's as much of an outfielder as Kevin Reimer ever was, and a third that thinks he'll be able to do this for another year or two, tops, but that his window's already closing. All of that said, I'd lean towards that latter school; he's more Russell Branyan than Matt Stairs, but he certainly isn't Jim Traber. (Christina Kahrl)


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